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Dark Corners

A stand-alone novel published posthumously by Hutchinson in

I had come across a quote about half-way through the novel in which Carl sees Dermot looking like ‘the duke of dark corners’, a quote from one of Shakespeare’s most disturbing psychological plays, Measure for Measure. Immediately I knew we had our title, and fancied that this might have been Ruth’s intention all along.

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When Carl sells a box of slimming pills to his close friend Stacey, inadvertently causing her death, he sets in train a sequence of catastrophic events which begin with subterfuge, extend to lies, and culminate in murder.



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